Couldn’t you keep reintroducing the cloned individuals into a gene pool to increase diversity? Yes, you’re stuck with (say) 30 individuals, but cloning would help you get more combinations out of the DNA than just breeding the 30 animals, right?
The problem is that a lack of diversity can lead to issues with adaptation to new environments and pressures. This is what has made a lot of these species endangered in the first place. They are adapted for very specific conditions which are suddenly changing due to habitat destruction. (Deforestation, urbanization, water works, farming)
A typical population has a lot of mutant lines that do okay in the current environment but may be more adapted to different environments. A population of clones will take time to develop these and may not survive long enough to adapt. Also if there is a problem with the current line and you don't catch it fast enough you are hosed.
I personally don't know fwiw.
New World bats: nightmare fuel.
After seeing hedgehogs whistling like a blackbird I expect anything.
> This work builds upon recent advancements in cloning processes developed by ViaGen Pets & Equine, which successfully created embryos from the frozen cell line and implanted them into a domestic ferret surrogate.
More informative article: https://www.fws.gov/mountain-prairie/pressrel/2021/02182021-...
Nobody expected the Spanish inquisitive.
The market isn't going to support the costs of developing cloning tech to save endangered species and government grants aren't big enough either. But if you market the tech to rich people who want clones of their pets, you can actually develop it and then, once you have it, modifying it to save endangered species, even ones that aren't cute, gets much easier and cheaper.
Mammoths only went extinct 10k years ago. They might be viable, though I imagine they wouldn't be happy with what industrialization has done to the air.
This would be pretty different from the ferret project, as the mammoth DNA available isn't in good shape. It would require genetic engineering as well as cloning, and mostly consist of introducing mammoth DNA into Asian elephants a few genes at a time.
Thylacine is pretty special as far as I know, with it being marsupial (though perhaps it is easier that way because a significant part of the development is outside the mother?)
Increasing the diversity of the gene pool is more than just a "nice experiment", but actively addresses a major challenge in the survival of the species.